|Forest Fires: Impact and Information|
On June 17, 2002, an estimated $9,403,000 was spent battling 196 wildland fires that scorched over 51,000 acres of land in parts of 11 states. These fires included the devastating Haymen fire in Colorado and the Cannon fire in California that claimed the lives of three Forest Service pilots in the crash of their C-130A air tanker plane.
In an "average" fire year, 106,400 wildfires burn over 4 million acres of land.
During 2000, five federal agencies spent a combined $1.36 billion fighting wildfires - an all time record.
The worst wildland fire in recorded U.S. history occurred during August 1910, when the Great Idaho fire burned 3 million acres of Idaho and Montana, and claimed 85 lives.
In May 2000, the "Cerro Grande" fire near Los Alamos, New Mexico burned 47,650 acres while destroying 235 structures, many of them family homes.
During 2001 -- a "close to typical" year according to the Forest Service -- 84,079 fires burned 3.6 million acres of land and destroyed 731 structures. The cost of fighting the fires was $542 million and the lives of sixteen firefighters.
Current Wildland Fire Situation
Status updates on all large fires (over 500 acres) being fought in the United States.
National Fire Situation and
A selection of maps and geographic information system products from the National Interagency Coordination Center, the Forest Service, NOAA, the National Weather service and more.
Fire Prevention and
Here you will find a number of excellent teaching tools, activities and games, and links to fire information.
Prevention & Wildland/Urban Interface
"As more people choose to build homes, operate businesses and recreate in areas where wildlands border more urban areas, the threat to private property from wildland fire increases. Creating 'defensible' or 'survivable' space around structures can make the difference between returning to an intact home or a smoldering pile of ashes if a wildfire moves through the area."
USDA Forest Service - Fire and
This is the arm of the Forest Service dedicated to advancing technologies in fire management and suppression, and improving the mobilization of fire fighting units.